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Volleyball teams make NorCal; Lancers secure football crown

When the Mountain View High girls volleyball team lost in last year’s Central Coast Section Division II final, the Spartans’ season was over. That’s not the case this year.

Although top-seeded Aragon swept No. 3 Mountain View in Saturday’s CCS title match, the Spartans still earned a berth in this week’s Northern California playoffs – and not a bad seed at that. Seeded seventh, Mountain View (26-10) was slated to host No. 10 Miramonte (16-11) in Tuesday’s opener, played after the Town Crier’s deadline. The winner moves on to Thursday’s quarterfinals.

The Spartans won a pair of matches last week to reach the CCS Division II final. They followed a four-set win over No. 11 Leigh with a sweep of No. 2 Branham in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Outside hitter Rey Turner led Mountain View against Branham and in Saturday’s CCS final loss to Aragon, totaling 33 kills.

Los Altos beat Homestead three times in the regular season – twice in five sets – but the Eagles failed to defeat their league foe in the CCS Division I playoffs. The No. 3 Mustangs swept No. 2 Los Altos in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Eagles (29-8) play on, however, landing the No. 2 seed in the NorCal Division II playoffs. Los Altos was set to host No. 15 Branson Tuesday; the winner advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals.

St. Francis, ousted by Palo Alto in the quarterfinals of the CCS Open Division playoffs, is the No. 15 seed in the NorCal Division I playoffs. The Lancers (22-13) were scheduled to visit No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd Tuesday.

Football

With the outright title on the line, St. Francis left no doubt that it is the best team in the West Catholic Athletic League. The visiting Lancers squashed Serra 42-7 Saturday to finish 7-0 in the WCAL.

Receiver Evan Williams caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Daly.

St. Francis, which allowed just 23 points in league, heads into the CCS Open Division II playoffs as the top seed. The Lancers (9-1 overall) are set to host No. 8 Aragon 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

Mountain View made the CCS Division IV playoffs after sharing the SCVAL El Camino Division crown with Santa Clara and Saratoga, which also finished 5-1 in league. The seventh-seeded Spartans (6-4 overall) are scheduled to visit No. 2 Burlingame 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

Mountain View capped league with a 61-13 thrashing of Monta Vista Friday. Jacob Cortinas rushed for 134 yards and three TDs.

Boys water polo

The top seed in CCS Division I, host Los Altos beat No. 8 Wilcox 11-5 in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Eagles (15-12) are slated to meet No. 4 Leland in a semifinal game 7 p.m. today at St. Francis.

After a perfect De Anza Division season, Mountain View (22-2 overall) more than met its match in the CCS Open Division quarterfinals. No. 2 Bellarmine blasted the No. 7 Spartans 19-3 Saturday.

In another Open Division quarterfinal, No. 6 St. Francis (13-14) fell 12-11 to No. 3 Menlo.

Girls water polo

Los Altos and Mountain View moved closer to a CCS final rematch by winning their Division II quarterfinal games Saturday. The top-seeded Eagles (15-12) beat No. 8 Woodside 6-4; the third-seeded Spartans (17-10) routed No. 6 Willow Glen 14-3.

Defending champ Los Altos was set to face No. 4 Presentation in Tuesday’s semifinals, while Mountain View met No. 2 Mitty.

St. Francis (13-12), the fifth seed in the Open Division, squeaked by No. 4 Castilleja 7-6 in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Lancers were scheduled to go up against No. 1 Leland Tuesday.

Girls tennis

Mountain View continued its domination of the El Camino Division by winning the singles and doubles titles at last week’s individual tournament.

Dasha Terson claimed the singles crown with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Lynbrook’s Hillary Chang, while Alena Pruett and Elise Joshi defeated a duo from Lynbrook 6-2, 6-1 in the doubles final.

All three Spartans have qualified for the CCS Individual Tournament that starts next week.

Mountain View has also earned a spot in the CCS team playoffs that began Monday. The Spartans (13-2) were scheduled to host Harker; the winner advanced to Tuesday’s second round.

Los Altos (5-15) made CCS as an unseeded team, while St. Francis (12-5) landed the sixth seed. The Eagles were slated to host Prospect Monday; the Lancers earned a first-round bye.

Field hockey

Los Altos (9-9) dropped a 1-0 decision to Mitty in Saturday’s CCS quarterfinals.

St. Francis (12-8-1) bowed out in the quarterfinals as well, falling 3-0 to Cupertino.

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